Voluntary planning agreements are one of the methods developers can use to contribute to funding the public infrastructure required to support new development and population growth. The inclusion of voluntary planning agreements (VPAs) within the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (section 93F), was part of a developer contribution system reform which occurred during 2005.
VPAs are contractual agreements between developers and planning authorities, by which developers undertake to make contributions for a “public purpose” such as:
Contributions can be made through:
Voluntary Planning Agreements cannot be entered into unless public notice has been given and an explanatory note is made available for inspection for at least 28 days.
Council’s policy for assessing, negotiating and governing VPAs is provided below.
Council’s policy for assessing and managing any Voluntary Planning Agreements is to implement the relevant legislative provisions contained within the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Regulation and related Practice Notes issued or amended by the NSW Government.
In addition Council will adhere to the following adopted negotiation and governance framework when implementing Voluntary Planning Agreements.
Where a developer makes an offer in writing to enter into a Voluntary Planning Agreement with Council and Council accepts the offer in principle the following steps will be followed:
The following steps have been adopted as specific measures to maintain, transparency and accountability throughout the VPA process:
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